By Jeoffrey Mukubi
A large, enthusiastic crowd was treated to free popcorn and six Namibian and German short films at Goethe-Institut last Thursday, which was just the right medicine warm up a winter’s evening.
To the surprise of the organisers, the screening room was packed to the rafters by the eager audience, who attended the event.
The first film, titled Uushimba, had been nominated for two Namibia Theatre and Film Awards this year, and tells the story of a young man, who travels to Windhoek from the North.
He meets up with his cousin, who is a gangster, and is eventually dragged into the life of crime, but he soon realises that crime does not pay. He then meets a girl, who saves him by giving him an opportunity to start a new life as a visual artist. The second short film that was screened was a German offering, titled On Air, which is about two men who plan to start a revolution by hijacking a radio station.
However, their efforts culminate in disaster.
The film titled, Our Wonderful Nature: The Common Chameleon, was screened next.
It is an animated German film with English commentary, and is about a greedy chameleon, which eats every insect that flies pass him, and yet his hunger is never satiated.
The Harvest: Promethean, a four minute Namibian short film directed by Andrew Robson was up next, and the Namibia Theatre and Film Awards winner of the Best Cinematography in Film category did not disappoint. It is about a Biochemist, who is kidnapped by a so-called Harvester and used as guinea pig for his evil plans.
Next on the list was Taschengeld (Change), which is about a 12-year-old girl, who spends her afternoons in her father’s strip club.
Her father sends her upstairs to collect coins that clients lost while receiving lap dances.
Waiting turns into boredom, until an unexpected encounter changes the relationship between the girl and her father, after she finds a man drugged and passed out in the toilet.
The last film that was screened was the Namibian short film, Broken Pencil. It is about a young boy, who constantly witnesses his mother being abused by his stepfather, and he eventually gets tired of it. He beats up his stepfather and chases out of the house, and ultimately out of their lives.
A second screening of the films will take place on Thursday, 20 July at 19h00.
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